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Posted by Broose27 | Mar 26, 2012 @ 06:49 PM | 2,285 Views
ONE MONTH TO GO (APril 21-22) - so in the meantime, here's a history of the Swan Hill Model Aero Club and some more info...

Swan Hill Model Aero Club (SHMAC) started in the early 70s with blokes like Peter Jordan, David Scott, Bill Arblaster, Greg Cairns and Greg Wilson. The original flying site was on the salt pans over the Murray River in NSW at Murray Downs, about 5 kms from Swan Hill.
During the early 80s the club moved to an area on the former Swan Hill water treatment plant, right on the edge of the town at that time. That site is now a pond, which forms part of a major housing development, and is a park with walking tracks and at least 500 houses nearby.
The next move was to the current flying fields onto Council-owned land 4km west of Swan Hill, on Blackwire Road. Clubrooms, toilet block and storage sheds were established as well as crossed over runways of gypsum, all on the edge of 40 acres of flat stubble. Affording 360 degree views, no risk of hitting trees unless you're flying very low over the carpark area or the pits, the venue is ideal for learning to fly or maidening that new aircraft.
Despite summers of extreme heat, and winters with frosty early mornings, generally the weather is excellent for flying, and the period daylight savings, before dusk is a favoured time of the week for the hangars to come out and a few beers to be consumed afterwards.
During the next 20 years, SHMAC hosted events and also ran events of its own, with peak active...Continue Reading